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Tuesday, August 15, 2017 – True, This ! The pen is mightier than the sword. Maroon Wall Event Cancelled

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 – True, This ! The pen is mightier than the sword. Maroon Wall Event Cancelled

True, This! — Beneath the rule of men entirely great The pen is mightier than the sword. Behold The arch-enchanters wand! — itself is nothing! — But taking sorcery from the master-hand To paralyse the Cæsars, and to strike The loud earth breathless! — Take away the sword — States can be saved without it!

The sentence (if not the idea, which had been expressed in various earlier forms) was coined by English author Edward Bulwer-Lytton in 1839 for his play Richelieu; Or the Conspiracy.

The Maroon Wall event scheduled for 9/11 on the campus at Texas A&M is cancelled. The white nationalist group will not be coming to College Station and staging a protest in Rudder Plaza. Not legally anyway. This could set very interesting legal precedents regarding First Amendment Rights and public institutions. We shall see.

For those unfamiliar with the A&M campus, Rudder Plaza is outdoors. It is sits in the shadows of Rudder Tower and the Memorial Student Center (MSC) in the center of campus. Note: the MSC honors the memory of brave men and women who fought to defend freedoms from these types of hate groups.

The plaza was the only place the white nationalist group could be. After December’s visit from the white nationalists, the administration inserted language in their speaker policies that a campus organization must issue and invitation in order for the event to be held indoors. No EVITE was sent from any of the 1200 organizations.

So the protestors took to the outdoors – Rudder Plaza. Rudder Plaza is the gateway to interior campus. The protest was to be held during school hours from 9:00 am to 4:00ish. Since December 2016, A&M speaker policies prohibits outdoor activities and protests that may disrupt daily activities and/or cause danger to students, faculty,, staff and public. Therefore, Rudder Plaza was no longer available.

I have no idea what Preston Wiginton and the others’ next move will be. But the Aggies will be standing by with pens.

Oh yes, one more thing. The Fighting Texas Aggie Corps of Cadets, Aggies whose uniforms can include swords, usually run through campus streets and through campus in the afternoons. It would be dangerous if a large group does not get out of the way.

They can work magic if in the right hands.

http://today.tamu.edu/2017/08/14/texas-am-cancels-911-event-reservation/

Thursday, August 10, 2017 – Fire and Fury and The Merry Little Minuet

Thursday, August 10, 2017 – Fire and Fury and The Merry Little Minuet

“For man’s been endowed with a mushroom shaped cloud…”

I am a Baby Boomer – One of those people whose birth falls between 1945 and 1950. We are the first generation to live under the threat of nuclear annihilation and the balancing act of nuclear proliferation.

In 1960 Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev banged his shoe on the podium at The United Nations and screamed “We will bury you.” I was eleven years old and I was scared.

1962 –United States’ President John F. Kennedy and Soviet leader, Khrushchev take us to the brink of nuclear war over the missiles in Cuba. I was thirteen years old and scared.

1967 – My friends went to Vietnam. I was eighteen years old and scared.

1968 – We, the People, said enough of oppressions and there riots in the streets across America. I was nineteen and scared.

1968 – I voted for the first time in the U S Presidential election. I never voted that way again. I got scared.

2017 – Today the POTUS tweets threats of nuclear war to North Korea at 3:00 AM. I am sixty-eight years old and I am not scared to say it, “Get this idiot impeached and removed.” Repeal and replace this disaster. If not …

“For we know for certain that some lovely day, someone will set the spark off and we will all be blown away.”

The Kingston Trio singing Tom Lehrer’s The Merry Little Minuet.

https://youtu.be/CGsY4vBYdYM

 

 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 – Back to the Future Again

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 – Back to the Future Again or History the Way it Should be Taught

I received a great compliment the other day. A dear friend said, “I would love to have taken a history class from you.” Yes, you probably would. Ask all those fabulous J. L McCullough High School students in the late 70’s and early 80’s. They had the best and brightest history and government teachers Conroe ISD had to offer. Take that CHS!

Here is what I am thinking my history class might hear today.

Good Morning,

Is Stephanie on her way to class? Or will she be virtual presence? Good, here she is.

You need your device. I hope they are charged but if not, move to one of the charging stations in the back. Remember to charge! An uncharged device is like The Charge of the Light Brigade and you know what happened to them.

Open your folder and click on the link I sent you just now.

Screen One

Listed below are three historical events. Your assignment is to relate each of these three past events to the current events today in as many ways as you can think of. You may work alone or form a group not to exceed four.

Your assessment will be a presentation of how you chose to relate the events and how many relationships you can make. Alabama is going to be tough but it is there. No, I do not think it is the football team, but if you can find a relationship, then go for it.

You may choose any presentation method, including but not limited to: essay, charts/graphs, poetry, artwork, music, movie, theatre (a play), or a combination of methods.

Upload your presentation to your folder on Electronic Homework. Your final presentation is due at 11:59 PM, August 9, 2017.

Screen Two

  1. Seventy-two (72) years ago, August 9, 1945, the United States dropped a second atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan.
  2. Forty-three (43) years ago, August 9, 1974, the following letter was sent to Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. It read:

“I hereby resign the office of President of the United States.

Sincerely, Richard M. Nixon.”

  1. “Who’s Next?” By Tom Leher That Was the Year That Was Album 1965

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oRLON3ddZIw

Let me know if you have questions.

Monday, August 7, 2017 – RIP Mark White

Monday, August 7, 2017 – RIP Mark White

Here’s to former Texas Governor, Mark White who passed away over the weekend. RIP.

Here’s to Mark White, one of the last Governors of Texas who put Texas public school education as the Legislature’s top priority and reformed the system. It was all about educating the boys and girls of Texas and providing an “equal and adequate education” to all. Note: “equal and adequate education” is the phrase from the laws establishing education in Texas.

Here’s to the current Governor of Texas, it’s time for a reform. How about another Blue Ribbon Committee?

How about financing the best possible education for the boys and girls of Texas instead of financing “where to go to the bathroom?”

Keep your voter registration card current.

 

Thursday, August 3, 2017 – The Miller’s Tale

Thursday, August 3, 2017 – The Miller’s Tale

Dear Mr. Stephen Miller,

This is a photograph of my great grandfather and the origin of the Duffey line – J.W. Duffey. He was probably about 40 years old in the photograph.

According to the proposed immigration rules, he would not be allowed to enter the United States today. He was only 12 years of age when he and his two brothers and mother and father came to America in 1848. He had no skills and did not speak English. He was 12!

His family – aka MY family – came to America from Ireland – County Cork to be precise. It seems in 1848 there was this agricultural blight called The Potato Famine. Perhaps you have heard of it. There was literally no food and hundreds of thousands starved to death. The British government’s policy was “Let the Irish starve.”

I suppose the family decided not to go to the continent of Europe. Almost every country was embroiled in revolutions and rebellions of people trying to persecute and oppress groups of people they didn’t like and other groups called The Resistance. For example, that Otto von Bismark guy was strutting around scaring France and then he united a bunch of little states in what would become Germany. Troubled times. So the next option was America. People immigrated there because it offered FREEDOM. Perhaps you have heard of it too, Mr. Miller.

However, J.W. Duffey would become a blacksmith and serve in The War Between the States in such a capacity, achieving the rank of Sgt. He would receive an honorable discharge from the Confederate Army. He used those smithy skills to build the railroads of Alabama and Mississippi before settling in Louisiana where he ran a livery stable.  Just below his name on his headstone it reads “Born in Ireland.”

GGGrandfather would marry and raise several children, one of whom became my grandfather. Both of GGrandfather’s children, one of whom became my father graduated from high school, when only 8% of the entire US population did. My father would graduate from Miss Lynn’s Business College and become a bookkeeper.

 

Then came the rest of J. W. Duffey’s heirs four and five generations later. We all graduated from college – good ones too! We became doctors, lawyers, social workers, business owners, business leaders, accountants, teachers, mothers, fathers, civic leaders and a couple of the heirs even like horses and that blacksmith stuff.

Mr. Miller, I would hate to think what would have happened in 1848 if that12 year boy and his family were not allowed to come to America.

Enough about my family coming to America, Mr. Miller. How about your family? Please know I signed you up withAncestry.com. so you can determine how, when and why your family arrived in America. Miller? I betting the name is English as in white, male and protestant. Your ancestors probably said “Let the Irish starve.”

Statue of Liberty, 1986. Photo by me.

Sincerely yours,

The proud heir of an Irish immigrant.

PS – Mr. Miller if you wear a pink bow tie, you really will look like Pee Wee Herman.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 – What a Dump? Beyond the Forest

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 – What a Dump? Beyond the Forest

Let’s play Jeopardy! The categories are:

Movie and History Trivia, The United States Constitution, Impeach and Remove, Golf Etiquette and finally Dumb Ass Statements by the POTUS.

I’ll take Movie and History trivia for $1000, please Alex.

A Daily Double!

Let’s make it true Daily Double and risk it all.

The answer is:

Beyond the Forest

Answer: From what movie is the line ‘what a dump’?

Correct: This line is spoken by Rosa Moline (played by Bette Davis) in the film Beyond the Forest, directed by King Vidor (1949).

Next question: For the jeopardy of the country, the answer is:

Donald Trump

Answer: Who said the same line and called The White House a dump?

That is correct.

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Too bad the DJT’s Presidency did not come with a warning like Beyond the Forest did.

The movie Beyond the Forest comes with a warning in the first few seconds: “This is the story of evil. Evil is headstrong, is puffed up.”

Tuesday, August 1, 2017 – Without Cognitive Content

Tuesday, August 1, 2017 – Without Cognitive Content

Good Morning, Class,

Our vocabulary word for today is “anoesis.” It is a noun that means a state of mind consisting of pure sensation or emotion without cognitive content. See also, White House Communications Office.

USS Trump Administration

Friday, July 28, 2017 – Snarky Friday – the last Friday of July. The Return of College Football – Please Hurry!

Friday, July 28, 2017 – Snarky Friday – the last Friday of July. The Return of College Football – Please Hurry!

Tomorrow is another Saturday with no college football.I am beginning to worry about myself. I hope I can make it. The withdrawal symptoms are serious. At least in February there was basketball,

 

Two Texas A&M Graduates and One Outstanding basketball player – Curtyce Knox.

then baseball and softball to get me through the spring. But the summer months have been brutal.

 

For the past two months on Saturday nights I have watched the entire season of National Geographic’s Big Pacific on the PBS Channel. The PBS CHANNEL! Last Saturday’s Season Finale was called “Big Pacific – Reproduction.”

About midway through the hour of underwater wonder, I thought to myself – I am watching fish fornicate. I know there is a better alliteration, but I’m trying to keep it clean. I am watching fish porn. I am pitiful.

How many more days until kick off?